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FCC Chair Chides Comcast

14 Jul, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will recommend punishment against Comcast Corp. for allegedly blocking peer-to-peer traffic among its customers, and said he hopes the FCC's action will serve as a warning against other Internet service providers.

Kevin Martin told The Associated Press July 11 that he will recommend to other FCC commissioners that while Comcast should not be fined for putting “arbitrary limits on the way consumers can access information on the Internet,” Comcast should stop its practices of selectively blocking peer-to-peer traffic, discuss with the FCC a new Internet traffic management plan, and disclose where Comcast has used its Internet blocking in the past.

Comcast for months has denied that it was singling out peer-to-peer traffic, instead claiming it is limiting large file transfers to keep its service running efficiently for all of its customers.

Martin's proposal is on the agency's Aug. 1 meeting agenda.

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